The TVweek: Sunday 8th – Friday 13th December 2019

by | Dec 3, 2019 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Not the Robbie Williams Christmas Show ITV – In a one-off special recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre, the singer performs classic hits, plus new Christmas songs, as well as being joined by some special celebrity guests.

9.00pm Elizabeth is Missing BBC1 – Two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson makes a triumphant return to the screen after 27 years, in this single drama based on the bestselling novel by Emma Healey. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced something terrible has happened. But her search to find Elizabeth unearths an altogether darker unsolved mystery: her sister’s disappearance, long-buried in the recesses of her memory. Can Maud discover the fate of both missing women before her dementia erases the clues and the answers are lost to her forever?

9.00pm Guy Martin’s Great Escape Channel 4 – Guy Martin wants to recreate the most iconic motorcycle stunt in movie history – the climax of the film The Great Escape, in which Steve McQueen’s character Lieutenant Hilts steals a motorbike and attempts to jump two border fences into Switzerland. The original bike used in the film was a Triumph, and it’s only right that Guy should convert and prep a modern Triumph Scrambler 1200 for his big stunt.

9.00pm The Killing of Jessica Chambers Sky Crime – Documentary exploring the horrific murder of a 19-year-old who was doused in petrol and set on fire in 2014. Mississippi is horrified to hear of the crime of Jessica Chambers and the search for her killer begins.


8.30pm The X Factor: The Band ITV – Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger set out to form a boy or girl band in this X Factor spin-off. Continues All Week.

9.00pm The Case of Sally Challen BBC2 – In 2010, the Surrey mother-of-two Sally Challen bludgeoned her husband Richard to death as he sat eating lunch at the kitchen table.

She covered his body in a pair of old curtains and left a note that said ‘I love you’. She was later arrested at the notorious suicide spot of Beachy Head. No one at her trial, including her close family and friends, was surprised when the jury found her unanimously guilty of murder.

This year, Sally’s widely reported appeal against her conviction gripped the newspapers and the nation. Sally’s new defence lawyers argued that she was the victim of Richard’s “coercive control”, a newly understood type of psychological abuse and that she should be in prison for manslaughter, not murder. It is the first time that coercive control has been presented to the courts as a partial defence to murder. In the months leading up to the appeal, filmmakers Rowan Deacon and Lizzie Kempton were granted access to Sally, as well as the couple’s closest family and friends, most of whom have not spoken publicly before. The film combines their frank testimony with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the legal teams on both sides of appeal, to tell the story of this complex, timely and captivating case in full for the first time.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours In A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                            Watchmen 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey BBC4 – The historian traces the background of Christmas Carols.

9.00pm Traces Alibi – Crime drama written by Amelia Bullmore that follows three female forensic professionals – Emma Hedges, Sarah Gordon and Kathy Torrance – as they uncover the truth of a murder case and bring a killer to justice. Martin Compton and Molly Windsor star.


7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance ITV – Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are to host this year’s Royal Variety Performance marking the first time in over thirty years two comedians have hosted together.

8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp presents a special peak-time episode of the daytime craft show, offering a guide to home-made creations to make Christmas a bit more special, from decorations to food and drink. Among the ideas featured in the show are recipes for handmade cheese and candied pecans, as well as two different festive cocktails with bitters.

9.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces: Northern Lights Adventure Channel 4 – George Clarke explores hidden architectural gems in Finland, aided by master-craftsman Will Hardie. They begin at a classic Finnish lodge built on the edge of a frozen lake before venturing north into the arctic circle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Along the way, they visit collection of 60 tree houses, a mini city of igloos, and a cabin built in two weeks, before taking a husky ride to their final destination – a caravan on skis.

10.00pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sky Witness – The 21st season of the Law & Order Spin-off arrives in his new home of Sky Witness.

10.45pm The Apprentice: The Final Five BBC1 – An in-depth profile of the five candidates who have made it through to the 2019 final of the business challenge. The programme examines what drives the ambitious would-be entrepreneurs, and looks back at the highs and lows of their time on the series, as they have grappled with the assorted money-making challenges placed before them. Featuring contributions from family and friends, as well as Alan Sugar’s faithful aides Karren Brady and Claude Littner, who offer their assessment on how the finalists have fared so far.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1


9.00pm I’m a Celebrity: Coming Out Special ITV – Ant & Dec check in with the celebrities in their time since leaving the jungle.

9.00pm Christmas at Chatsworth House Channel 4 – One-off documentary going behind the scenes of Chatsworth, one of England’s most impressive stately homes, as the Duke, Duchess and their 800 staff brace themselves for an influx of 200,000 visitors over the 2019 festive season.

9.00pm Make a Wish at Christmas Channel 5 – First in a two-part documentary about Make-A-Wish UK, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening conditions. The dedicated team work in a small office block in Reading, helping children enjoy all manner of experiences, from visiting Milan fashion week and sleeping with tigers to sharing their lunch with their favourite football team and meeting Santa in Lapland.

9.55pm Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night Channel 4 –  Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Katherine Ryan host a light-hearted take on polling day and the General Election, with Rylan Clark-Neal getting the thoughts of the studio audience. Clare Balding has the results as they happen, Matt Forde will run the Alternative News Desk and Rob Rinder is out and about assessing the mood on the ground. Throughout the night the presenters are joined by a mixture of political figures and satirists – including ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, former Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson and comedians Tez Ilyas and Sophie Willan – adding a comedic slant to the analysis. Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon will have his ear to the ground bringing breaking news and a team of correspondents will be stationed at the most important counts to assess exactly what is going on up and down the country.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                         The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4 

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